The “Church/School Dilemma” of the June, 2005, Beacon Lights does not describe a dilemma. It is misnamed.
The article is misnamed chiefly because of this. A dilemma means two things must be chosen between; and in the truest sense of the word, they are both unsavory. God does not give commands to His people to follow that are dilemmas to each other, and then we have to choose which command we will follow. Parents heeding the instruction of Deuteronomy 6:7 and establishing schools to assist them to “teach them diligently unto thy children,” is not a hindrance to the church heeding the instruction of Mark 16:15 to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” One would struggle to find Scriptural support for one blessing of God extinguishing another blessing. “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (I Cor. 14:33). There is no dilemma between our churches and our schools.
Further, when we try to explain a dilemma where there is no dilemma, we’re forced to create one. Where are the beacons of light that have been extinguished in the darkness because of our giving our schools preeminence over our churches? Who’s documenting this “trend” of families moving away from smaller congregations in vicinities that have no Protestant Reformed school, and proving that school was the sole issue. The Protestant Reformed churches in only three areas of the United States? Certainly not according to the yearbook in the back of the Acts of Synod.
This is not to say I don’t sympathize with those parents in small churches or mission groups who yearn for Protestant Reformed schools, but who do not have them yet. I certainly do, and it is my prayer that more schools can be established. However, we must wait on the Lord in this matter. Until that day comes, I respectfully submit that perhaps we need to look at the lack of Protestant Reformed education in a location more as a symptom, than as a cause, of what might be stagnating growth.
May God bless the harmony our families enjoy among the schools they establish and maintain and His church.